The M.Ed. in Education with an emphasis in educational technology is an online program is designed for teachers and other educators to engage in professional development in their knowledge of subject matter, teaching, and technology by incorporating contemporary tools and resources. Classes are small and mostly formed by K-12 teachers, technology specialists and other educational practitioners that are interested in learning more about using technology in teaching and learning. Only prospective students residing in the United States are eligible to apply. Program requirements and credits you earn are the same as for the on campus program and courses are taught by the same faculty and instructors.
The program starts in the summer and students take one 3-credit course every semester. Summer courses are intensive and last between 4 to 6 weeks.
Program delivery is mainly asynchronous. Course delivery is via a learning management system (Canvas) and students attend classes by accessing the virtual classroom at their own time. Students are required to follow the class schedule to complete assignments, participate in online discussions, and work on group projects. Instructor-student and student-student interactions are very strong in this program. Classes are mainly taught on a weekly-basis approach where assignments are given at the beginning of the week and usually due a week later. The online delivery makes possible for working educators to pursue a graduate degree but our faculty are committed to maintain the same rigorous academics and high standards for excellence Master’s program that is offered for the on-campus students.
Some courses may require students to attend 1-2 face-to-face meetings. These are on-campus Saturday meetings, usually from 10 am – 3 pm. Students that cannot come to campus or that live outside of Iowa, will be connected via video conference. These meetings are for project presentations, group work, lectures, etc. Our students value the synchronous meetings since they have a chance to better relate with their online colleagues.
The culminating project is an academic portfolio.